Just in: Arrest Ordered for Imelda Marcos for 7 Counts of Graft
Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos was ordered to be arrested by the anti-graft court after they found her guilty of 7 counts of graft.
89-year-old Imelda Marcos was sentenced to six years minimum to a maximum of 11 years imprisonment. According to the Sandiganbayan, Mrs. Marcos can have provisional liberty if she posts a cash bond while she appeals the conviction.
In 1991, the Office of the Ombudsman filed 10 graft cases against Mrs. Marcos due to the alleged private organizations she created in Switzerland from the year 1968 to 1984, all these while she held posts in government. During those years, she served as the Minister of Human Settlement, Metro Manila Governor, and a member of the Interim Batasang Pambansa, the legislature during the Marcos regime.
According to the Ombudsman prosecutor, the Marcos family had "financial interest" in the seven Swiss foundations which they created, which is said to amount to $200 million.
The court's fifth division acquitted her in 3 counts of graft -- she was only found guilty in 7 counts.
Former human rights chair and martial law survivor Ms. Etta Rosales was impressed with the Sandiganbayan Fifth Divison, even if it took them 2 decades to issue this verdict.
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